The CPM Schedule as a Multi-Dimensional Model

The CPM Schedule as a Multi-Dimensional Model Throughout CPM Mechanics we have been advised never to lose sight of the distinction between the Project Execution itself and the model of that Project Execution, the Project Schedule. We were told that Activities in the Schedule represent Actions in the Project. We were told that Logic Ties which connect Activities in the Schedule actually represent the Interdependency… (more…)

Rethinking Schedule Updating Objectives

If I turn down the noise and listen ever so carefully, sometimes I think I hear a faint chorus of skeptics who may share my doubt about the sanctity of the Holy Grail of modern Project Controls, the Baseline Schedule.  For many decades now, the prevailing wisdom has been that: Well in advance of its happening, it is actually possible… (more…)

G.R.A.S.P. and Schedule Data Credibility Profile

Cognitive Project Management strongly believes that, when it comes to the quantity and quality of useful information to be taken from that bedrock Project Time Management ritual known as Schedule Updating, which is repeatedly performed throughout the project life cycle, we overlook far more than we recognize. Properly executed, our Project Time Management processes are capable of yielding a plethora… (more…)

Project Time Management and the Law of Attraction

No doubt, if you are like most people, every now and again you come across some inspirational sayings about living in the present. Just now, searching on Google for inspirational sayings, I came across “Forbes Top 100 Inspirational Quotes.” What I found fascinating was that 40% of them speak to aspects of the Law of Attraction. The Law of Attraction… (more…)

How Project Costing’s Influence Can Destroy Scheduling Integrity

With each passing decade, the Project Cost Control community has become more and more reliant on a fully cost-loaded, network-based Project Schedule, in order to perform its primary cost control functions. With this increasing dependence has come an associated wave of performance criteria aimed at regulating the configuration, content, and quality of data contained within the Project Schedule. The procedural rules… (more…)

Activity Codes or WBS: Which is Better?

I have a confession to make. In my latest book, CPM Mechanics (2012), I was especially critical of the Work Breakdown Structure concept. In fact, I was equally harsh in my first book, Faster Construction Projects with CPM Scheduling (2007). I even wrote a separate ICS-White Paper in January 2012, entitled, “How WBS Can Break a Schedule.” The truth is that the… (more…)

Collaboration, Coordination, Cooperation, and Communication

Extensively repeated throughout Cognitive Project Management literature, the essential focus of Project Management is, or should be, on Collaboration, Coordination, Cooperation, and Communication. We believe this to be true because we find it difficult to imagine how any of the traditional “knowledge areas” of Project Management attention and concern can be effectively managed if any of these four focal points is… (more…)

Using Multi-Path Residency to Accelerate a Schedule

At first, this will seem like a rather technical discussion. But it has real-world significance, especially when a Scheduler is asked to recommend where to “blitz” a schedule.  Let’s get into it. Some Extra Men Have Come Available: Where Can They Do the Most Good? As a Scheduler, this is a question that you just love to hear. In all… (more…)

Critical Path Myth, Part 3: Conclusion? Delusion

Overview Blog Series Abstract The widespread faith in the Critical Path Concept is not justified by the facts. Still, those with a vested interest in their projects finishing timely continue to support the Critical Path Concept and embrace recommended practices that they are told will lead to more successful projects. This three-part blog series is intended to shed light on… (more…)

Critical Path Myth, Part 2: Diffusion and Infusion

Overview Blog Series Abstract The widespread faith in the Critical Path Concept is not justified by the facts. Still, those with a vested interest in their projects finishing timely continue to support the Critical Path Concept and embrace recommended practices that they are told will lead to more successful projects. This three-part blog series is intended to shed light on… (more…)